I'm tickled pink to share you my contribution to Uppercase Magazine's "Nifty Numeral" project, which is published in Issue 28. Janine asked 10 designers, typographers and lettering artists to submit their favourite number. Here's mine:
F-O-U-R: the only number whose value is the same as the number of letters in its name. Four sides make a square, the basis for our grid system. Conceptually, four connotes strength, stability, and order – a perfect fit. The standard peaked 4 can also be drawn by connecting four points in succession. 1-2-3-4.Check out the complete list of stockists and pick up your copy today!
Four leaf clovers are lucky; a 4.0 is the finest grade-point average one can attain. Most furniture has four legs; most vehicles have four wheels. You can’t play cards without four suites (hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades); a ballgame certainly wouldn’t be the same without four bases. We couldn’t explore the “four corners of the world” without the four cardinal directions (North, South, East, and West). We wouldn’t be able to enjoy the four food groups (meat, dairy, grain, and produce) without Mother Nature’s four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter).
Most importantly, our beautiful world of print wouldn’t be the same without our beloved four process colours: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black.